Unfortunately we live in a society where often times words are used to bring people down. Sometimes intentionally and sometimes not. I was rudely reminded of the poor use of words this weekend. A friend of mine was out buying blush when she was offered a free gift with her purchase that contained a lipstick called "Celebutard". I almost fell over when I read what had happened. As the story ramped up I couldn't believe people were actually defending the name. Now I know this was partly because they were hired by Sephora to troll their pages and put issues like this to rest, but it still stings. I know "retarded" is commonly used and most of the time its not meant in a derogatory way. But people need to realize that its always derogatory.
I know its very likely that one day someone will use the r-word in a derogatory way against James and I can't stand the thought of it. Its not because I'm over sensitive, its because its a cruel word. I can't think of a single instance where there isn't another word choice that would convey the meaning equally as well. And I certainly can't believe that "celebutard" is the only way to describe that particular lipstick. I really hope Sephora and Kat Von D decide to rename the lipstick or pull it from the shelves. But I also hope that someone who hears about this realizes that maybe they've used the r-word and are more cognizant about not using it in the future. The other thing that has amazed me is that what started out as a group of rockin' moms were discussing how disgusting it was that this lipstick was named as such and started posting to Sephora's Facebook page. Within 3 days the movement has really gained strength. Comments are popping up on Facebook, Twitter, Huffington Post, and various blogs. It has been a great reminder that we may all only have one voice, but when we come together all those individual voices can make up one powerful voice.
Runningwise I was a bit off my game this week. Instead of my usual steady moderate runs all week I ended up with several short treadmill runs. So by Sunday I was really ready to stretch my legs out. I did my first long run since Bear Chase, 18 miles. I could definitely feel I hadn't been doing longs runs. I wasn't really sore, but just overall fatigued. Definitely felt good to get some good mileage in and especially a long run. I used to not feel right if I logged less than 30 miles in a week, now its up to 40...
Don't ever sit on the side of the trail, get up, take your one step and let that one step become mile after mile; and before you know it you will have achieved something great. Spread the word to end the word. www.r-word.org
Week October 28 - November 3
Miles Running: 47.5
Hours Hiking and Running: 7.5